Taxis & Taxi Apps
Using Mexico City’s Taxis
For lots of riders and destinations, taxi service in Mexico City is still an absolute must. While international travelers have increasing turned to Uber and similar apps, you can still use the cruising pink white taxis that are omni-present in the city streets. Here are a few pointers.
Using taxis which have not updated to the latest paint scheme (i.e.; the pink and white) is not recommended as these are likely to be the least regulated.
Using Taxi Services in Mexico City Safely
When hailing a cab:
- Be sure that the license plate numbers are preceded by the letters A or B, and that this number matches that painted on the outside of the vehicle.
- Check that the carta de identificación ID is displayed visibly inside the cab,
- Check that your driver matches the photo.
- Don’t take any street cab that doesn’t stand up to these three tests.
Fares during the day are calculated by the taxímetro meter, and increases by 20% between 11pm and 6am.
More secure still are “Radio Taxis” which cost a bit more. A telephone dispatcher can tell you the number and type of car before they arrive.
The biggest radio-taxi firms operating in Mexico City are:
Many international visitors use app-based services like Uber and with very few complaints. The cashless system and often cheaper fares, plus the fact that interactions with the driver (and thus language difficulties), can be minimized, mean it’s a preferable system. However, depending on where you find yourself, you may want to refer to the information above and simply hail a cab. Taxi service in Mexico City has generally improved, in part, as a result of competition from app-based services.
Don’t be intimidated by the Metro
The entire Mexico City Metro system was designed and originally intended to be used by people lacking good Spanish reading skills. For many longer trips across the city, the Metro will be preferable to sitting in traffic. And you’ll be helping out all of the people in the city, too.
The city is working to better regulate the use of these apps for the benefit of everyone, drivers and passengers alike.